Newspaper Illustrator Gets Death Threats for Printing Serena Williams Cartoon

Illustrator Mark Knight has gotten a lot of slack from the peaceful left for his caricature of Serena Williams, which is said to depict an ape – although we can’t find the resemblance.

Despite the outrage, Mark Knight stuck by his action to illustrate the outrage by the tennis pro in such a manner. He said that he does not feel ashamed of it.

However, in the latest turn of events, Mark Knight deleted his twitter account and other sources of contact after he received multiple death threats from different sources. This is a wild show of uncivil resistance by the left to what is just an innocent cartoon.

Serena Williams did have an ugly incident on the field that day, and as cartoonists do, Mark Knight portrayed it humorously through his pen.

What’s really irritating here is that the same left that talks about freedom of speech when it comes to Trump has crossed all extremes here. Trump, and in fact many Republican politicians, were subjected to humorous but derogatory caricatures when they stepped to power. This was backed by many leftists, who called this the right of a person or institution. However, when it comes to one of their own, they’ve failed to show the composure they preached.

Moreover, in an interesting update on the issue, the newspaper reprinted the cartoon on their front page. The editors feel that they have no reason to feel ashamed because of the cartoon.

The paper even had a slight dig at the leftist hate mongers by mentioning this on its front page, “If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed.”

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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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